According to Statistics Canada, retail sales fell 0.5% to $61.1 billion in September, due to lower sales at gas stations as well as food stores. and drinks.
However, the agency says its initial estimate for October pointed to a 1.5% gain for the month, although it warned the figure would be revised.
For September, Statistics Canada reports that sales at gasoline stations fell 2.4% due to lower prices, while sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers were relatively unchanged.
Sales at food and beverage stores fell 1.3% in September, with sales at supermarkets and grocery stores down 1.6% and convenience stores down 1.5%. Sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers fell 2.0%.
Core retail sales – which exclude sales at gas stations and motor vehicle and parts dealerships – fell 0.4% in September.
Expressed in volume, retail sales fell 0.1% in September.